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Chipotle

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William Blair downgrades Chipotle amid rally on CEO change

William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia downgraded Chipotle Mexican Grill to Market Perform from Outperform after the company announced that its founder and CEO Steve Ells will step down following the completion of a search to identify a new CEO. While a new leader may accelerate the company's turnaround longer term, today's move likely signals that Chipotle's trends remain under pressure and creates more near-term uncertainty, Zackfia tells investors in a research note. The analyst adds that transition years, in which costs accelerate before sales trends rebound, often follow new CEOs. As such, she's more cautious on Chipotle's earnings recovery trajectory following today's announcement. The market, on the other hand, is applauding the company's decision. Chipotle shares in premarket trading are up 5%, or $15.12, to $300.98.

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CMG Chipotle
$285.86

11.34 (4.13%)

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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. General Motors (GM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Adam Jonas citing the stock's 40% rise over the past year, which he attributes to investors having "finally noticed" the company's "bold and difficult moves" to reposition the core business. 2. Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point with analyst William Ryan citing valuation and lack of catalysts to push shares higher. 3. Hanesbrands (HBI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo with analyst Ike Boruchow saying the shares have "both longer and shorter-term headwinds to fight through." 4. Chipotle (CMG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory with analyst Bob Derrington saying he finds it increasingly difficult to recommend shares given the substantial volatility in its operating results and lack of visibility surrounding its earnings outlook. 5. Acadia (ACHC) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank and to Neutral from Outperform at Baird. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Chipotle downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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NO CHANGE
Target $355
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Buy
Chipotle CEO change to be welcomed by investors, says SunTrust
After Chipotle announced it has started a search to identify a new CEO and that founder Steve Ells will become executive chairman when one is identified, SunTrust analyst Jake Bartlett said he views the news as positive for both the company's turnaround efforts and the stock as he expects investors to welcome a CEO with a proven operational track record. Bartlett has a Buy rating and $355 price target on Chipotle shares.
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11/29/17
NO CHANGE
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Equal Weight
Chipotle CEO search presents opportunity and risk, says Stephens
Stephens analyst Will Slabaugh responded to news that Chipotle is searching for a new CEO to step in for founder Steve Ells by saying a change will present an opportunity for positive change but also adds an element of risk to the proposed 5% price increase that he thinks is already being factored into most estimates in the consensus view. He keeps an Equal Weight rating and $300 price target on Chipotle shares as more insight on the leadership change and business trends are awaited.

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